It has already been six weeks since Team Performance in Motion (PIM) suspended face-to-face visits in our downtown facilities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and our local government’s “shelter-in-place” orders. First off, our Team wants to express our heartfelt appreciation to our fellow healthcare professionals on the front lines (Physical Therapists included!), and all the essential workers whose efforts are keeping our great city of Chicago moving forward. We also want to acknowledge that this horrible virus has resulted in so many in our PIM family, and extended families, facing very difficult circumstances and loss. We want you to know that we stand with you and we look forward to sharing brighter days ahead.
Though so many lives have been lost and people hospitalized, it has been encouraging as of late to hear that the combined efforts of the Chicago-land community have been effective thus far in battling this virus. Because the projected outcome of this strategy is a curve that is not only “flatter”, but “wider”, it requires additional time for us to get past this season. With Governor JB Pritzker’s recent announcement to continue Illinois’ “shelter-in-place” order through May 2020, we want to inform you that until further notice, PIM will continue to “first do no harm” and deliver Physical Therapy and Performance training primarily via Telehealth. We are more convinced than ever that the safety of our patients, community, and team come first, and Telehealth best allows us to deliver essential care while doing our part to defeat Covid-19 and stand with those who are working so hard to do so.
The great news is that PIM Telehealth has proven to be an effective mode of delivering the services that our patients and athletes need during this time. Because of this, we are planning on continuing to offer it after this season passes as well. We applaud the 30+ individuals who made the effort to successfully utilize it thus far, and we hope many more will do the same over this next month. Throughout May, PIM will continue to offer our current patients their first telehealth session complimentary and will continue to significantly reduce the cost of follow-up visits from our standard fee schedule.
We recognize that Telehealth will never replace the dynamic of face-to-face visits at our facilities that we take so much pride in delivering, and are already taking the appropriate measures to swing our doors wide open in the safest possible way when the time is right. In addition, in an effort to end this season stronger than when we started, we have been working on additional elements that will enhance your PT and Performance training experience at PIM and our impact on the “Movement” professional community around the world. Stay tuned for details on those! Please reach out directly to your primary Physical Therapist on our Team if any new symptoms, set-backs, or sudden changes in status arise or if you have any further questions or concerns.
I truly appreciate each of you and our amazing Team at PIM more than ever, and look forward to better days ahead. Please look out for one another, be safe, and always keep moving!
Robbie Ohashi PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS